If you’re on this site, you’re likely a Lightroom user. You’re also probably a Photoshop user, but maybe to a lesser extent. While there are many reasons why someone would avoid Photoshop as much as possible, the one that I hear most often is that Photoshop, bless it, is confusing and thus, difficult. It really can be, there’s no question about that, but like anything else, understanding a few basic foundation points is key, as is how the learning material is brought across.
To date, I’ve found the best material to learn Photoshop from the ground up is Phlearn Photoshop 101 & 201, but if Aaron Nace isn’t your particular brand of vodka, might I suggest Tim Grey. An extremely well versed and accomplished photographer/educator, Grey has a great way of breaking down complex ideas in Photoshop, and delivering them in a learning experience of easily digestible points. Here, in this talk for B&H, Tim gives his top 10 tips for targeted adjustments in Photoshop, and it’s great. It’s also long, coming in just under 2 hours, but it’s worth your time.
I don’t know what it is about lists that attracts us all so much, but there’s no point dwelling on it because they do attract us, and whatever psychological trigger that gets pulled when we see one, is unlikely going away. Unless you’re stubborn like me – I have a healthy disdain for lists just because so many of them aren’t very good, and I actually like it that way so that when one comes about I feel fine having ignored it. But then one comes along which makes me feel I may have been letting some of the best pass me by. The video featured here is one of the latter.
How it’s delivered in Tim’s entertaining fashion does make the time go by quicker, though you may be left wanting even more of it when it’s done. This may be a bit odd considering it’s much to do with selection, layer masks, etcetera, but it’s likely because the approach is to speak about the actual objectives versus a technical procedure. There’s less photo-tech jargon, and more layman speak, and as a result of all of this, there’s a sense that he is stressing you to do as little work in Photoshop as possible, and tells you when you can get away with this. Along the way, you’ll learn how Photoshop thinks about your images, masking, why you should avoid using layer masks if possible, advantages of starting simple, tips on smart dodging and burning, and more.